A clever device for driven golfers looking to improve all elements of their swing and ball striking. While a few things need to be ironed out from a user experience point of view, the Blast Golf Swing Analyser has the potential to transform the way you practice.
Measures a huge amount of metrics
Instant feedback via an app
Encourages meaningful, focussed practice sessions
Can be used indoors or outdoors
Sensor attaches to clubs rather awkwardly
Beginners will struggle to comprehend the data
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Blast Golf Swing Analyser Review
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The Blast Golf Swing Analyser is a sensor that attaches to the grip of any golf club and gathers data about your swing. Alongside the free app, the swing analyser captures an incredible amount of data about your golf swing and quickly feeds back that information so you can work on things like tempo and attack angle to achieve a better swing.
Frustratingly, the only way to attach this small sensor to one of your golf clubs is via a grip attachment. This makes the club you attach it to about 2 inches longer and took a while to get used to. I also really struggled to get it over the grip of my putter, which doesn’t have an especially large grip. This took a long time to get used to and it’s frustrating that the sensor doesn’t simply screw into the grip like we see on products from Arccos and Shotscope.
Moving onto the actual data itself, the breadth and depth of information that the Blast Golf Swing Analyser is seriously impressive, but I found it initially quite an overwhelming experience. If you’re already au fait with statistics like angle of attack, swing tempo ratios and peak hand speed, this device will feed the data-centric way of improving your golf swing. Unfortunately, I’m not, and I feel like this device won’t be as useful to the beginner golfer.
The overwhelming nature of the statistics is only exacerbated by the fact the device comes with no instructions and thrusts you into the world of swing speed ratios with no real context. To really access all golfers, I feel like the device needs to hold your hand a bit more than it currently does.
In defence the lack of initial instructions, once you dive into the app there is a plethora of instructional videos and explainers. The videos - led by the charming brand ambassador and putting guru Brad Faxon - are enjoyable and useful. The videos range from simple explainers on what each metric on the app means, to useful drills on putting and chipping. If you’re a dedicated golfer - and a bit of a stat person - this is an extensive and immersive app.
The speed of the feedback, the accuracy of the data and the way it feeds it back is incredibly intuitive. When you're swinging, a simple red, amber and green banner lets you know when you’re in the right part of a specific metric. It’s a fantastic way to practice with some intent on the range, as opposed to aimlessly hitting balls.
I found it especially useful with improving the tempo of my putting and mastering distance control with my wedges. A week or so of using the sensor while practicing my putting at home has given me a lot more confidence with the speed on my stroke. If you’re after a device that can help you drill your short game, it’s hard to look past this.
I had a few issues with the app too. There was no option to register a hybrid club and instead had an option for a 1-iron - who still uses a 1-iron! I also couldn’t find a way to change the output from km/h to mph. This will be a quick fix in an update, but it was frustrating when I was testing.
Overall, I have to conclude it’s an excellent device, but only for the golfer who wants to take a deep dive down into improving ball striking and tempo. With an RRP of £149, it feels like very decent value for money considering what this device can offer the committed golfer in the long run. For anyone who doesn't fall into this category, it feels like the Blast Motion Swing Analyser is a few updates and tweaks away from becoming a fully accessible swing analysing device.
Dan is a Staff Writer and has been with the Golf Monthly team since 2021. Dan graduated with a Masters in International Journalism from the University of Sussex and primarily looks after equipment reviews and buyer's guides, specializing in golf shoe and golf cart reviews. Dan has now tested and reviewed over 30 pairs of golf shoes for the website and magazine with his current favorite pair being the Ecco Biom C4. A left-handed golfer, his handicap index is currently 8.5 and he plays at Fulford Heath Golf Club in the West Midlands. His best day in golf so far was shooting 76 at Essendon Golf Club on his first-ever round with his Golf Monthly colleagues. Dan also runs his own cricket podcast and website in his spare time.
Dan is currently playing:
Driver: Ping G425 Max
Fairway: Ping G425 Max
Hybrid: Ping G425
Irons: Ping i59 (4-PW)
Wedges: Ping Glide Forged Pro
Putter: Wilson Staff Infinite Buckingham
Ball: TaylorMade TP5 Pix
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